Thursday, February 28, 2013

Shell Pauses its Arctic Drilling for 2013

On Wednesday, February 27th, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it will suspend offshore petroleum drilling in the Arctic Ocean for 2013. The Arctic is already suffering from the effects of climate change and Arctic drilling further endangers the rich ecosystem and puts a wide range of animal species at risk.

Last year Shell drilled in both the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast and in the Beaufort Sea off the state's north coast.

However Shell's operations in the far north have been plagued by problems. At the end of 2012, the Kulluk one of Shell's oil rigs, broke free and ran aground in rough seas.

Shell Oil President Marvin Odum described the decision as a "pause" to "to ensure the readiness of all our equipment and people following the drilling season in 2012."

Executive Order 13626: Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency

This EO was signed by President Obama in August, 2012, it is designed to promote American manufacturing by helping to facilitate investments in energy efficiency at industrial facilities.

Section 1. Policy. Accelerate and expand investments that reduce energy use through more efficient manufacturing processes and facilities and the expanded use of combined heat and power (CHP).

Section 2. Encouraging Investment in Industrial Efficiency. Coordinate policies between a variety of departments to encourage investment in industrial efficiency in order to reduce costs for industrial users, improve US competitiveness, create jobs, and reduce harmful air pollution.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management

President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13423 on February 17, 2009. EO 13423 consolidates and strengthens the sustainable practices of the following preceeding EOs dating back to 1998.

13101 of September 14, 1998
13123 of June 3, 1999
13134 of August 12, 1999
13148 of April 21, 2000
13149 of April 21, 2000

EO 13423 directs federal agencies to establish absolute goals for carbon-cuts, to reduce fossil fuel consumption in federal vehicles by 30 percent, to implement a net-zero-energy requirement for federal buildings and to add sustainability requirements to federal contracts.

Jinko Solar: Silicone Procurement at the Heart of its Success

Jinko Solar is well positioned to capitalize on the solar market in 2013 as it has the best balance sheet among their competitors. They are insulated from the high costs of silicone that is adversely impacting their peers. The higher costs of silicone have put upward pressure on the manufacturing costs associated with PV but Jinko is one of the very few solar companies that are well positioned. Jinko's low price leadership is attributable to four primary factors:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

Executive Order (EO) 13514, “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance,” was signed on October 5, 2009. EO 13514 introduces new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management requirements, requiring each Federal Agency to submit a 2020 GHG pollution reduction target from its estimated 2008 baseline by January 4, 2010. It also expands water reduction requirements for federal agencies, and addresses waste diversion, local planning, sustainable buildings, environmental management, and electronics stewardship.

According to a press release from, "Actions taken under this Executive Order will spur clean energy investments that create new private-sector jobs, drive long-term savings, build local market capacity, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship in clean energy industries."

The DoD's Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (CCAR)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has led efforts to address climate change and this leadership will increase with the release of the Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (CCAR). As the world’s single largest energy consumer, this initiative has global implications. The DoD understands the geopolitical consequences of climate change which include conflict acceleration and greater competition for basic resources, both of which will have serious implications.

Ambitious Growth Predicted for Solar in 2013 and 2014

Over the next two years solar power can be expected to move closer to grid parity. In 2012, despite obstacles, solar power continued to grow. In 2013 and 2014 we should see surprisingly strong growth in the photovoltaic (PV) industry.

One of the major obstacles faced by solar PV manufacturers is the higher costs of silicone which has increased the costs of manufacturing associated with solar PV.  But by the end of the year costs are expected to stabilize and pricing will improve by early in 2014.

Monday, February 25, 2013

H&M's Sustainability Efforts Now Include Recycling

On February 21, 2013, H&M launched an ambitious program designed to reduce the amount of clothing that goes into landfills. The clothing retail giant is now accepting used clothing of any brand in its 48 markets around the world. H&M is working on the 3 R's, (reduce, reuse or recycle), with the ultimate aim of sending no waste to landfills.

H&M has partnered with Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, and I:Collect. Under the partnership, I:Co will repurpose the clothing collected at H&M stores.

Customers who submit clothing under this initiative will be compensated. For each bag of clothing donated, customers will receive a voucher for 15 percent off their next purchased item.

White Paper - Energy & Markets Data Book Q1 2013

Environmental Leader has released the latest edition of its quarterly data book, which supplies busy executives and research teams with a collection of charts presenting environmental, sustainability and energy-related data on a quarterly basis.

Data topics include energy use, renewable energy growth, supply & prices, smart grid, projections, costs and the role of the consumer. Our goal is to make the job of gathering essential information and metrics a bit easier for corporate decision-makers.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Event - Natural Products Expo West

This event will take place on March 7-10, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Natural Products Expo West is where new products turn into record profits, relationship building and ROI is always high and brand awareness builds momentum with each better business practice.

Join in an experience with over 3000 exhibits from over 1,800 different companies showcasing the newest products in natural and specialty foods, organic, health and beauty, natural living, supplements and pet products.

Event - Ecobuild Sustainable Design and Construction

This event will take place on March 5th - 7th 2013 in London, UK. Ecobuild is the biggest event in the world for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. More than just an exhibition, Ecobuild brings together communities from across diverse industry sectors to learn, share, see and discover – it's the perfect platform to meet with the key players, business leaders and industry professionals.

Event - Deeper Water Offshore Wind

Profitably Delivering Larger Wind Power Stations In Deeper Water, Further Offshore.This is Europe’s senior offshore wind conference and networking event, it will take place on March 6th 2013 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, in Central London, UK. This one day conference is part of the Global Insight Conferences series.

Event - Offshore Wind Financial Risk Management Forum

This event will take place on March 14th 2013 in London, UK. Offshore Wind Financial Risk Management Forum is part of Wind Power events. What is the best way to manage financial risk in my offshore wind farm? This and other questions will be answered at this event.

Offshore wind is frequently in the headlines due to the high risks associated with the wind farms. As the industry grows, so does experience. Mistakes have been made and now we are learning why. How can we prevent the same high cost, preventable mistakes happening again?

Event - Cleantech Forum 2013, Sustainability Meets Innovation: Reigniting Cleantech

The Cleantech Forum will take place at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California on March 18-20, 2013. How can environmental sustainability and innovation be top of mind for customers and corporations, but not deliver the right returns for investors? Cleantech Forum 2013, Sustainability Meets Innovation: Reigniting Cleantech, will tackle this disconnect by convening cleantech’s most prominent investors, entrepreneurs, and supporters with the world’s largest corporate strategics, sustainability leaders, and technology buyers.

Event - This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII

This event will take place on March 7th and 8th 2013, at California State University, in Chico. It will explore approaches that will make a difference for a sustainable future. Our annual conference provides a forum to discuss current issues that are relevant to us all. We seek to develop common ground to help build a sustainable society; one that balances economic needs, social needs and environmental realities. We will address solutions for the global problems we are all now facing. The conference will include workshops, seminars, posters, and facilitated discussions.

This student-run conference hosts over 100 speakers and 1,400 participants at our CSU, Chico campus. This is an enormous educational opportunity for students.

Conference Registration is required for all conference events, presentations, keynote presentations, workshops, and receptions.

Event - World Water-Tech Investment Summit

This event will take place on March 6th - 7th, 2013 in London, UK. The World Water-Tech Investment Summit is staged by Rethink Events Ltd. At this event 40 C-level speakers will discuss the challenges in bringing new water technologies to market with a focus on Smart Water Technologies and Industrial wastewater treatment. This event will address ways of accelerating the adoption of new solutions in the mainstream water market. The goal of the summit is to foster new business partnerships, with extensive opportunities to network with international representatives from utilities, engineering consultancies, technology developers and investors.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Video - Bill McKibben of Speaks at Forward on Climate Rally

Here is the entire speech by Bill McKibben at the Forward on Climate rally on February 17, 2013. 50,000 concerned citizens watch at the largest rally on climate to date in Washington DC.

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Video - What the Forward on Climate Rally Looked Like

An estimated 50,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, February 17th for the Forward on Climate Rally at the National Mall. The rally preceded a march to the White House to urge President Barack Obama to take action against climate change and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Video - Thanks to All Who Supported the Historic Forward on Climate Rally

Thank you to the nearly 50,000 who demonstrated on Presidents Day Weekend at the Washington Monument, the thousands at 20+ solidarity rallies across the country, and the more than one million online activists who stood up and spoke out to tell President Obama that right now its time to move Forward on Climate.

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Video - Webinar on US Energy Efficiency Policies

Energy and climate policy in the United States are being proposed at a fast pace, and it is difficult, even from people working in energy, to keep track of all the new proposals. This webinar reviews the impacts of some of the current proposals and bills on energy efficiency. The presentation will include both federal and state level considerations.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fossil Fuel Powered Carbon Bombs

A February 11th, 2013 Greenpeace report indicated that the fossil fuel industry is planning 14 massive carbon bombs. As stated in the report, "The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change." Taken together massive coal, oil and gas projects will produce as much new carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2020 as the output of the entire US.

According to Greenpeace these projects will increase already unsustainable levels of emissions 20 percent by 2020. If they go forward with these projects we are certain to surpass the carbon limits set by climate scientists which will make it impossible to avoid runaway climate change. According to scientists the upper safe temperature limit is 2 degrees Celsius, however, taken together, these projects will increases global temperatures by 5 or 6 degrees.

Greenpeace says these 14 developments would produce 54,674 million tons of coal, 29,400 billion cubic meters of natural gas, and 260,000 million barrels of oil--but add 330 billion tons of CO2-equivalent emissions by 2050.

The Northface Launches a Bold Clothing Recycling Initiative

The North Face has launched an industry leading pilot recycling program for clothes. According to EPA estimates, more than 21 billion pounds of clothes linen and other textiles were thrown away in 2010, almost all of which (85 percent) ended up in landfills. According to the UN Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year.

The Northface recycling program is called "Clothes the Loop," it provides customers in ten participating North Face stores with bins where they can drop off apparel hats and footwear from any brand.

Items collected are then sent to an I:Collect (I:Co) which either resells them or recycles them. Money generated by the program will be donated to the Conservation Alliance, which funds community-based campaigns to protect outdoor areas.

Customers who donate used apparel earn discounts that can used towards the purchase of The North Face products.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Webinar - Sustainable Asset Management

Driving Operational Excellence through Sustainable Asset Management will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 8am Pacific/11am EST, the webinar includes time for a Q&A session. Environmental Leader is offering this one-hour sustainable asset management webinar along with Aberdeen, Frostbyte Consulting and IHS. This webinar will outline successful strategies used by some of the top performers and discuss a sustainable asset management strategy to drive operational excellence.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Comprehensive Climate Legislation in the US this Spring?

Buoyed by President Obama's commitment to address climate change in his second term, leading Democrats are pushing for comprehensive climate legislation. In his State of the Union address President Obama called on Congress to pass a "market-based" climate measure and then promised to exercise his executive authority if lawmakers fail to act. On Valentines Day, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) indicated that she hopes to bring climate legislation to floor by the summer of 2013. “We’re going to go in earnest to this topic and this bill," she said. As the Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Boxer stated her intent to bring a comprehensive climate bill to a vote within the next few months.

CCAC Celebrates its One Year Anniversary

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) celebrates its first anniversary today.  Launched by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with an initial group of six country partners and the United Nations Environment Programme, the Coalition has quickly grown to 55 partners, including 27 countries, the European Commission, as well as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and eighteen NGOs. 

“In its first year the Coalition has been brilliant in developing a spirit of urgent optimism, a spirit that is critical for solving the daunting problem of climate change,” stated Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, one of the NGO members.  “And it's already working on plans for taking its strategies to the scale it needs to meet the bold challenge of cutting the rate of warming in half for the next 40 years, with the World Bank pledging billions of new dollars for their efforts. The Coalition is a rare climate success story.”

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A New Environmental Movement Breeds Hope for the Future

Something is happening to the environmental movement that is giving us reason to hope that we may succeed in changing our current trajectory. On Sunday February 17th, 35,000 people came together to demand action in the face of a growing climate crisis. Part of this burgeoning climate activism is attributable to people's first hand exposure to extreme weather. Droughts, hurricanes, snowstorms and wildfires are forcing people to recognize that our climate is changing and they are increasingly coming to the understanding that we must act now.

The Way Forward on US Emissions Reductions

On February 6, 2013, the World Resources Institute (WRI) released a report that examines ways of moving forward on climate action. The WRI report is titled, “Can the U.S. Get There From Here?” it explores strategies for reducing carbon pollution through a combination of existing federal laws and state action.

This new report indicates that with leadership from federal and state governments the US can cut its carbon emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

According to the report, to advance climate mitigation efforts we need to see the federal government act in four key areas:

Monday, February 18, 2013

Forward on Climate Rally and Growing Support for Action

On Sunday February 17th, 160 organizations and tens of thousands of people came together for the biggest climate rally in American history. After assembling at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., participants marched to the White House and formed a human pipeline. In addition to the action in Washington, events took place across the US.

A decision on the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline will be one of the first tests for the new secretary of state John Kerry who called climate change a “life-threatening issue” of national security.

The tar sands in Alberta are causing irrevocable damage to the environment, destroying land and poisoning the water. The Keystone XL will increase extraction from the tar sands by 700,000 barrels a day and send it down to the Gulf of Mexico for processing and export. In addition to the fact that the pipeline jeopardizes the lands that it traverses and the aquifers that lie beneath it,'s Bill McKibben has repeatedly called the Keystone XL the fuse to the largest ‘carbon bomb’ we’ll ever know.

Course - The Green Power Mini-MBA

Green Power Conferences presents the "Mini-MBA" which will take place in London, UK on starting on February 25th and ending on March 1st. The course runs in a friendly, informal manner, encouraging discussions and questions to ensure that participants get the most out of their time. No prior expertise is expected on the topics covered during the course, which seeks to provide clarity to what is a complex and interconnected series of scientific and economic influences.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Event - Energy Storage Conference

The Energy Storage Conference will take place in Nice, France on the 27th and 28th of February, 2013. The conference will bring together key industry stakeholders to conduct a thorough cost analysis and comparison on various EES systems and their roles in the business strategies and blueprints of grid operators

For more information click here (pdf).

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Event - Renewable Energy Finance and Infrastrastructure Summit

The 4th Annual Renewable Energy Finance and Infrastructure Summit will take place on the 28th and 29th of May, 2013, in Vienna Austria. This event gathers renewable energy decision makers, in finance and investment, government, and technology, to discuss concrete efforts for further integration into the global energy market.

Despite undisputed progress, countries and companies face difficulties with budget cuts, changes to financial markets, and instability in both regulatory and policy environments. Thus, REFIS facilitates an exchange of insight into the trends and peculiarities of Renewable Energy Finance.

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Event - Water NI

Water NI will take place on February 26th, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Now in its fourth year, Water NI is the only conference that's brings all the major stakeholders together to discuss the current and future pressures facing the sector.

With the next price control determination (PC13) being implemented in April 2013 and the NI Long Term Water Strategy consultation taking place later in the year, the conference is timed to ensure attendees can input into both the long and short term water strategies for Northern Ireland. Water NI 2013 is a must attend event for all those helping to develop and deliver a strategy for water and wastewater in the region.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Video - Interview with David Lavallee of White Water, Black Gold

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Puma's Cradle to Cradle Sustainability Leadership

Puma is a Sportswear company that has taken sustainability leadership to the next level with the launch of its InCycle, footwear, apparel and accessories. This product line has earned Cradle to Cradle certification.

Cradle to Cradle certification involves the following five sustainability factors:

Greenbiz Report: State of the Profession 2013

The GreenBiz Group’s third annual “State of the Profession” report takes a look at the emergence of the sustainability executive and its unique role in industry. As in years past, we surveyed members of our GreenBiz Intelligence Panel to find out how much they made, where they worked, and what they did in the course of their job. This year we also wanted to provide a richer background for understanding where sustainability sits within an organization, how its leaders got there, and what they are likely to be doing in the future. Defining roles in this context can be a moving target as managers and executives continue to push and expand the definition of sustainability leadership.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Green Excerpts of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address

President Obama has reasserted his commitment to addressing climate change in his 2013 State of the Union address. Here are climate and energy related excerpts of the President's address.

The American people don't expect government to solve every problem. They don't expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.

And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms.

Greenbiz Article: The State of the Sustainability Profession, 2013

GreenBiz asks what departments sustainability professionals can learn from as they continue their march into the mainstream.

One of the most common statements I've heard for years from people whose job within a company is to pursue a sustainability agenda is that "I'll know I've succeeded when I've worked myself out of a job". If that were truly a goal then a career in sustainability - a lifelong pursuit of the profession - would be, for lack of a better word, unsustainable.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Some of the Greenest Mobile Phones in the World

There are a number of phones on the market that claim to be green. Here is a review of four leading manufacturers and some of the greenest mobile phones in the world.

Four Blackberrys, two Apples, six Samsungs, and five Nokias

According to a United Nations Telecom Agency report, there are about 6 billion cell phone subscribers around the globe. With low recycling rates and the average cell phone life being around 18 months, this means billions of phones have been thrown away around the world..

The key impacts of telecommunications companies include water use, greenhouse-gas emissions, waste and disposal. Combined, these impacts account for more than 85 percent of the total environmental footprint of telecommunication companies.

Smartphones Reduce Energy Usage

Smartphones are an increasingly ubiquitous aspect of modern life and research shows that they are decreasing the amount of energy used globally. This is the finding from Outlier, a research group that explores trends in how people use energy.

As reported in Energy Manager Today smartphone sales volumes in 2012 were estimated at 717 million retail shipments worldwide. This represents a 45 percent increase from 2011.

Smartphones are increasingly being used to do the things that used to be done on computers, televisions, and game consoles. Unlike computers, televisions and game consoles, smartphones require far less energy compared to these other electronic devices.

A study from Opower, Outlier’s parent company, the cost to charge an iPhone 5 is just $0.41 per year, and charging the Droid Galaxy SIII costs just $0.53.

Smartphones require a tiny fraction of the energy used by a PC or a TV. The Opower report indicates that a PC's energy usage is 20 times greater than a smartphone and the yearly electricity costs of a plasma TV is 100 times greater.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SourceWatch on Greenwashing: Definitions, Allure and Detection

This January 10th 2013 article offers a great summary of greenwashing as well as an explanation of why greenwashing occurs and rough rules of thumb to detect it.

Greenwashing is the unjustified appropriation of environmental virtue by a company, an industry, a government, a politician or even a non-government organization to create a pro-environmental image, sell a product or a policy, or to try and rehabilitate their standing with the public and decision makers after being embroiled in controversy.

The U.S.-based watchdog group CorpWatch defines greenwash as "the phenomena of socially and environmentally destructive corporations, attempting to preserve and expand their markets or power by posing as friends of the environment." This definition was shaped by by the group's focus on corporate behavior and the rise of corporate green advertising at the time. However, governments, political candidates, trade associations and non-government organizations have also been accused of greenwashing.

The US Environmental Protection Agency and Fracking

Despite the environmental and health impacts of current methods of extracting natural gas, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have a clear position on hydraulic fracturing, aka "fracking." Even though fracking is associated with numerous problems, the EPA appears to be of two minds on the controversial practice behind America's natural gas boom. Although each state is responsible for its own monitoring of fracking, the agency has nonetheless waded into the divisive debate on more than one occasion.

While the EPA has yet to establish a clear position, the agency does have a history of protecting the public welfare and managing fracking issues. In 2010, the EPA invoked its rarely used emergency authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act, to require fracking pioneer Range Resources to provide drinking water and install meters to measure methane levels.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Event - Green Roof Professional (GRP) Accreditation Training Program

Green Roof Professional (GRP) Accreditation Training Program with take place on Feb 21 to Feb 24, 2013, in Toronto, Ontario.

Green Roof Design 101: Introductory Course will take place on February 21st, 2013. This introductory training course on green roof infrastructure design presents many of the tools and techniques needed to meet your green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget.

Green Roof Infrastructure: Design & Installation 201 Friday, February 22nd, 2013 An immensely practical course that provides participants with in-depth information on the multitude of green roof implementation issues from first client meetings through scheduling, insurance and permit issues, site analysis, construction considerations and more.

Smog Pollution Mutes Chinese New Year Celebrations

The Chinese Lunar New Year is usually celebrated with a barrage of fireworks, but this year due to serious smog pollution problems, Beijing has been forced to scale back celebrations. In the Chinese capital there were 23 days of record breaking smog in January, which is twice the recent average.

Last year's pyrotechnical display sent 2.5 microgram pollution levels as high as 1,500 parts per milion in Beijing. This year the reduction of fireworks appears to have had a significant impact as Sunday's readings showed levels around 200 which is well below the readings of more than 700 that were seen last month.

Event - The Natural Step Canada's MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamp

This learning event will take place on Wednesday, February 20 to Saturday February 23, 2013, in Edmonton, Alberta. The MBA sustainability leadership event will explore a wide range of complex issues, provide techniques for creating innovative solutions, and help participants to develop sustainability leadership skills.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Event - Carbon Professional Path: Fast Track

Carbon Professional Path – Fast Track will take place on Feb 26 to Wed Feb 27, 2013, in Toronto, Ontario. The 2-Day program offers CSA Groups globally recognized, professional GHG Inventory Quantifier Certification. Completion of  ‘Carbon Professional Path – Fast Track’ program builds competence to develop, quantify, assess and report GHG Inventories.

Event - Waste to Energy & Recycling

International Exhibition and Conference from Energy and Materials from Waste and Biomass will take place on February 19-20, 2013 at the Bremen Exhibition Centre, Germany - Hall 4. This event is an international forum for the exchange of successful exchange to questions about the future and the initiation of important business contacts

Programme: Sustainable Resource Utilisation

Energy and raw materials recovery from wastes and biomass, two domestically available fuels, can make an important contribution to security of supply. Industrial users, the public sector and private households alike benefit from this. How can the different streams, including household rubbish and sewage sludge, commercial and industrial wastes, electronic scrap, construction & demolition wastes, and crop residues be treated economically and environmentally sound? In which case does waste-to-energy make more sense, when should recycling be the preferred method? Which technologies and business models have proven themselves? How can the latest research and development results help to increase efficiency and protect the climate?

Event - Water Industry Asset Management 2013

This event will take place on February 12, 2013 in Birmingham, UK. It will explore the growing challenge of maintaining complex water and wastewater networks, processes and infrastructure networks.

Event - The Role and Future of EIA

This event will take place on 20 Feb 13 - 20 Feb 13 at SOAS in London. The event is subtitled EIA - Putting it in Context and Making it fit for Purpose. The event will deal with European Environmental Impact Assessment Proposals. This conference will provide an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders from different perspectives including developers, policy makers, legal experts, regulators and EIA and other appraisal practitioners to set out their views.

Event - GreenTech Insight for Innovation Workshop - Telling Your Story: Communication for Innovative Businesses

GreenTech Insight for Innovation Workshop - Telling Your Story: Communication for Innovative Businesses will take place on February 19, 2013, at the Innovation Park, 945 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario. Is what you do complicated and difficult to explain? Learn how to communicate to your stakeholders in a way that makes them listen, care and understand. This intensive ½ day session will feature expert guidance on how to effectively communicate the value of your business or innovation.

Event - Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show

The Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show will take place on Feb 13 - 15, 2013 at the Caesars Windsor, Windsor Essex, Ontario.

Event - Power Up Energy Expo 2013

Power Up Energy Expo is moving to a larger location AND adding a third day of speakers, exhibitors and more. Join us at Power Up Energy Expo at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in beautiful Fort Walton Beach, Florida, March 18-20, 2013. This year’s event will draw energy leaders, policy makers, scientists and engineers, and green building enthusiasts from all across the country.

Energy plays a critical role in our daily lives. We can secure our nation’s future by improving the way we use energy and by exploring new ways to harness energy, while protecting our environment, our national security, and human health. Power Up Energy Expo provides an unmatched opportunity to connect with other energy industry experts, influential business leaders, policy makers, conservationists, and green building enthusiast, as they share innovative techniques to address the energy issues and advance the green building movement. Attendees will hear presentations and panel discussions across all energy sectors including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, ocean, and bioenergy.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Video - "Thread" the Documentary Trailer

This educational video explains to consumers how fashion and textile production effect our health and the health of our environment.

Video - Interview with Ray Anderson the Late Sustainability Pioneer

Back in the 90's, Ray Anderson was pretty much set for life - running a carpet company that made nearly a billion dollars a year. The company is called 'Interface', Ray started it more than 30 years ago and now, it's the largest carpet manufacturer in the world. It's also one of the greenest. Back in '94, he vowed to make his company the world's first sustainable business, with a carbon footprint of zero by the year 2020. Basically, do business, make money and protect the environment at the same time. More than a decade later Interface is halfway there and still making lots of money. So now, Ray is spreading the word. He's been in the documentary 'The Corporation,' which criticizes how big companies operate and he's been part of Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental doc 'The 11th Hour.' These days, Ray travels the world - talking about corporate sustainability. He's also put together a little something for the President of the United States, a 100 day action plan for the environment.

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Ray Anderson's Interface One of the "Best Corporate Citizens"
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The Sustainable Supply Chain Efforts of Interface Inc
Interface's Environmental Product Declarations and Standards
Interface Inc is a Model of Transparency
Videos: Interface's Sustainability Challenges are Being Met with Innovation, Partnerships and Collaboration
Video: Ray Anderson on Sustainable Business

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Will Obama's Actions Match his Words?

There are those who do not believe that President Barack Obama is serious about tackling climate change. Although President Obama made strong statements indicating his willingness to engage climate issues at the beginning of his first term, he ended up doing less than some had hoped. Similarly, during his inaugural address at the beginning of his second term he reiterated his commitment to reduce America's contributions to climate change.

During the 2012 election very little was said on environmental issues. This all changed on inauguration day when the President stated that he intends to act on climate issues. The President's position is supported by the science on climate change, which goes well beyond the fact that 2012 was the warmest year in US history or extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy.

Accomplishments of the Outgoing EPA Head Lisa Jackson

As a native of New Orleans and longtime resident of New Jersey the outgoing head of the EPA Lisa P Jackson, witnessed the effects of extreme weather first hand. First when Hurricane Katrina smashed into New Orleans in 2005 and then more recently when New Jersey fell victim to super-storm Sandy in late 2012. Unlike her detractors, she understands that the costs of ignoring climate change are far greater than the costs of addressing it.

"It brings home that if you had to deal with this on a more frequent basis, the more cost to our country in dollars and cents, in lives lost, in lost opportunity to move forward because we have to go back and rebuild all the time," Jackson said. "It is horribly familiar for me. I have watched it happen in my hometown."

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Record Year for US Wind Power in 2012

In 2012 wind energy was the leading source of new energy generation providing 42 percent of all new generating capacity in the US. According to the AWEA, during the course of 2012 America installed 13,124 megawatts (MW) giving the nation 60,000 MW (60 gigawatts) of cumulative wind capacity. This is a new record for installed wind energy eclipsing the previous record of 10,000 MW installed in 2010.

Lead by Texas, California, Kansas, Oklahoma and Illinois, wind energy grew by 28 percent in 2012 and poured $25 billion of private investment into the US.

British PM Says Investment in the Green Economy is a Competitive Necessity

On February 4, 2013, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech in which he spoke to the competitive necessity of his government's investments in the green economy. Speaking at the official launch of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) new Energy Efficiency Mission, Cameron boldly addressed his critics by saying

"So to those who say we just can't afford to prioritize green energy right now, my view is we can't afford not to. Far from being a drag on growth, making our energy sources more sustainable, our energy consumption more efficient and our economy more resilient to energy price shocks – those things are a vital part of the growth and wealth that we need."